60th edition highlights include return of the Dutch Café, music in the streets with “Capital Sounds”, international cultural programming, Celebridée, The Great Canadian Treasure Hunt, a commemorative digital media retrospective, and a free Passport!
OTTAWA, March 28th, 2012 – The Canadian Tulip Festival today outlined program plans for the 2012 60th commemorative edition that will run from Friday May 4th to Monday 21st. As it marks the 60th year of its enduring history, the Festival plans to showcase a time capsule of its past and celebrate its deeps roots in the community.
The main Festival events will take place in the Byward Market, Little Italy, Chinatown and other popular, core business areas. From music in the streets, to the Great Canadian Tulip Treasure Hunt, a Mad Hatter Tea Party on Mother’s Day, the International Pavilion, a kick-off party on May 4th and a Commemorative 60th anniversary Garden Party for the international community at “Blue Gables”, a former residence of the Dutch Royals in Canada during the Second World War, this year’s commemorative edition promises something to delight visitors and residents alike!
“This year is not only a big milestone anniversary for the Festival but one in which it returns to its roots through programming and pageantry in the streets so that local businesses benefit more from the extensive visitor traffic,” said David E. Luxton, volunteer Chair of the Festival. “This was the idea and operating model when the Ottawa Board of Trade, now the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, established the Festival back in 1953 under the inspiration of Canada’s iconic tulip photographer, Malak Karsh.”
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